Ozzy Osbourne Launches ‘CryptoBatz’ NFTs in Nod to Biting a Bat’s Head Off in 1982

January 04, 2022, 10:15 AM AEST - 1 week ago

Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne, the self-proclaimed “Prince of Darkness”, has announced his first foray into the world of crypto and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with his debut “CryptoBatz” collection.

Osbourne Has a History with Bats

The CryptoBatz project is a not-so-subtle digital nod to an infamous moment in 1982 when Osbourne bit the head off a bat during a live performance in Des Moines, Iowa, in the US.

CryptoBatz is a fucking mental project for NFT collectors and fans. The design pays tribute to one of my most iconic on-stage moments and is a chance to acquire a rare piece of art history. I love it!

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An example of the NFTs that Ozzy Osbourne fans can purchase. Source: CryptoBatz

I’ve been trying to get in on the NFT action for a while so when I asked Sharon for a Bored Ape for Christmas after several failed attempts of buying my own, and she said no, I decided to create my own.

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CryptoBatz Give Birth

The collection, which becomes available mid-month and introduces a host of unique and innovative features to the NFT world, is the result of a collaboration between the Prince of Darkness and NFT studio Sutter Systems.

In total there will be 9,666 unique NFT bats, each giving the collector an opportunity to “birth” an additional NFT. This can be done by activating a feature that will allow the user’s purchase to “bite” and mutate with another NFT from their digital wallet.

Known as ‘MutantBatz’, this feature will subsequently allow owners to combine the attributes of two separate projects – making ‘MutantBatz’ a rare offering for NFT collectors. At this juncture, CryptoBatz will be able to “bite” Bored Ape Yacht Club, SupDucks, CrypToadz and a fourth unnamed NFT collection.

CryptoBatz has some NFT collectors excited, suggesting it may soon overtake the likes of so-called blue-chip NFT projects such as CryptoPunks and the Bored Ape Yacht Club:

How to Get Involved

A presale for the project is now open through the CryptoBatz discord channel, while a further 2,500 guaranteed CryptoBat presale whitelist passes will be available exclusively through the same channel.

Successful applicants will also be able to mint up to three CryptoBatz per digital wallet, while public minting will open in early February. For more details, visit the official Cryptobatz website.

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Another example of the NFTs Osbourne fans can purchase. Source: CryptoBatz

Given that 2021 saw the worlds of music and crypto collide, Osbourne’s move into NFTs is perhaps not that unexpected. With this year’s Grammy Awards featuring NFTs as prizes and with more concerts set to take place in the metaverse, 2022 may well be even more groundbreaking a year than the last.

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